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Canadian Finalists at Gawad Geny Lopez Jr. Global Bayaning Pilipino Awards in Redwood City, California. (L-R) ABS-CBN Canada Regional Marketing Specialist Rosary Escaño, Consolacion "Mama Ching" Quejas of Kalayaan Cultural Community Centre, Kat Estacio of KAPISANAN, Judy Montenegro of KCCC, ABS-CBN Canada Managing Director Marco Amoranto, Tomas "Tatay Tom" Avendaño of Multicultural Helping House Society, and Fr. Nilo Tanalega of UGAT Foundation. Photo courtesy of Judy Montenegro/KCCC.

We've been tweeting about this event while on location (1|2|3|4|5|6|7) a few weeks ago, but here's the full story!

On June 21st, I represented KAPISANAN at the Global Bayaning Pilipino Awards - North America in Redwood City, California. The Global Bayaning Pilipino Award is a collaborative effort between ABS-CBN and UGAT Foundation, and it aims to honour organizations that serve Filipino communities around the world.

And guess what? The K won the award for Canada!


Receiving this award is an awesome pat-on-the-back, which recognizes the importance of the work that we do here at the K.

On behalf of KAPISANAN, a HUGE THANK YOU goes out to everyone: to ABS-CBN and UGAT Foundation, to Rolando Cabrera of Taliba Newspaper and Ronnie Dela Gana for nominating us, to our funders, the Filipino community all over the diaspora. And most of all, props to the real heroes - the Filipino youth: our volunteers, program participants, mentors, staff, board members, and all Kapisanan ambassadors. You all keep us inspired! (Kapisanan's acceptance speech can be read here)

Global Bayaning Pilipino 2012 - Canada: KAPISANAN! We did it!

It was such an inspiring event where I was able to meet representatives from and know more about other Filipino organizations in North America. Two other finalists were from Canada, and two were from the United States. Congratulations to these organizations not only for being a finalist, but also for the great work that they put into in their respective communities:

Global Bayaning Pilipino Award Winners from North America: Canada - KAPISANAN (represented by Kat Estacio) and US - Pusong Pinoy (represented by Donna Bernardo Rosario)

The awards show for North America will air on The Filipino Channel on Sunday July 8th, at 8:45 p.m. ET (That's 5:45 p.m. for you folks over at the west coast, and 5:45 a.m. on Monday July 9th for all our kababayans in the Philippines).

You can catch it on the following channels:  Rogers Cable (Canada) Channel 871, Telus (Canada) Channel 513, Shaw Cable (Canada) Channel 186, Bell Fibe TV (Canada) Channel 859. We are also informed that there will be an online version of the show, details and updates will be posted later!

So, what's next? KAPISANAN will participate in the Global award ceremony on July 19th in Manila, Philippines! It will be a celebration of all the winners from US, Canada, Italy, Great Britain, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, and the Middle East. So stay tuned for more info!

Photo by Martin Aurelio. Courtesy of Arnel Francisco/Pusong Pinoy.

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Written by Kat Estacio, Kapisanan Operations & Marketing Manager